The Best of Kids Play Spaces


In the same way that kids grow out of clothes from month to month, their play seems to change nearly as frequently.  When I was putting the last blue woven baskets in their place in Parker’s nursery, two weeks before my due date, I had no idea that I would be dreaming of updating her space a year later.  During the first year, the nursery was primarily for nursing and sleeping.  Now that she is a walking and talking toddler, though, I’ve been on the hunt for ways to make it more playful and fun for her.  I’ve been thinking a lot about creating an environment that’s stimulating, but not overwhelming; organized, but accessible.  Swings from the ceiling? A teepee for playing? A mini kitchen for all of her cooking curiosities? We are currently working on a mini-play-reading-nook for her that I can’t wait to share with you guys, but in the meantime I thought I would share some of the play room inspiration that I’ve come across recently.  For all of you parents reading, any tips for activities or spaces you created that your kids loved?

(Above play area via Petite and Small)


(growth chart + mini desk via Perfectly Smitten)


(reading nook + kitchen play via Mommo Design)


(The most genius rock climbing wall for toddlers via Design for Mankind)


(Tire swing via From Scandinavia with Love)


(Chic toy organization via Project Nursery)


(Magnetic wall via A Cup of Jo)


(Simple black and white kitchen area via Ollie and Seb’s Haus)


(Kid’s craft wall via Parents Magazine)


(Train set and sitting area via New Zealand Design Blog)


(Mini piano and toy shelves via The Boo and The Boy)


(Open faced kids houses via Mommo Design)

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  2. Leah / Freutcake


    How fun! And P.S. I want that little white Brio stove!

    • Jen Pinkston


      Me too, Leah! Eventually these kids are going to have to have to start cooking for us! 😉

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